Whanganui Arts Centre
Venue for artists and craftspeople
Originally a disused New Zealand Railways bus garage, the Whanganui Arts Centre was established in 1989 to provide a venue for artists and craftspeople to exhibit and sell their work. Over the years the Centre has grown and developed, overseen by architect Mark Southcombe, into the purpose-built facility it is today.
Over the years the Whanganui Arts Centre has exhibited everything from paintings to pottery, and installation to performance. A proud supplier of high standard venue in the Whanganui community with the enthusiastic support from artists in the community.
Each year around 15,000 people visit the Whanganui Arts Centre to participate in a wide range of workshops and classes, view exhibitions of art, visit the Saturday Craft Market and check out the excellent range of art supplies at Left Bank Art Supplies.
The Whanganui Arts Centre is also home to the Amitabha Buddhists, the Wanganui Potters’ Society, SeniorNet, the Creative Space Trust and the Whanganui Young Strings Orchestra.If you are looking for a venue in the heart of the Whanganui’s Creative Riverfront precinct, the Whanganui Arts Centre exhibition spaces and River Room are fully accessible and available for hire at a very reasonable cost.
The Whanganui Arts Centre also has two two galleries available the Front Gallery and the Back Gallery. These can either be booked separately, or together to make one large exhibition space. You can check whether the gallery you want is available by going to the Whanganui Arts @ the Centre website.
Don’t forget to have a stroll in the Sarjeant Art Gallery. The Sarjeant Gallery holds more than 5,500 artworks in collections with a comprehensive NZ art history from the 1840’s to the present day. The glass exhibitions are housed in the Whanganui i-SITE Visitor Information Centre building (upstairs), while in the building meet up with the lovely i-Site staff who are happy to help you plan out your stay in Whanganui.
Whanganui Arts Centre
A proud supplier of high standard venue in the Whanganui community with the enthusiastic support from artists in the community.
See for yourself-checkout how the Bus Garage looks now.
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